The Red Thread: National Adoption Month

Spools of red thread

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. —Ancient Chinese proverb The Asian legend of the red thread is a perfect way to frame National Adoption Month, celebrated throughout November. It's lovely to think that adoptive family members are […]

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Even Kids Can Recycle

Source: Steve Snodgrass, Flickr

Hey kids, did you know America Recycles Day is on November 15? Recycling is an important way to re-use items that would otherwise end up as garbage. Take the pledge to "give your garbage another life" and learn how your can reduce, reuse and recycle. What Happens to Our Trash?: Did you know that the average […]

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Dreaming of Flying

Wright brothers first flight

November is a great time to learn more about aviation, from the hot air balloon to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers as we celebrate National Aviation Month. Since the first time man was able to successfully fly on December 17, 1903, the way the world lives has changed – from the […]

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Brought to You by the Number 45: Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!

Source: Chicago Public Library Children's Services

Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969, which means that this week Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch and all of their neighbors on Sesame Street are celebrating their 45th birthday! Jim Henson's muppets have delighted and educated generations of children. As a toddler in the late 1980s, I have fond memories of watching […]

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NaNoWriMo for Writers of All Ages

child writing with pencil

Calling all young writers! Anyone can be a writer during National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. Adults, like me, are challenged to write 50,000 words (1667 per day!) in 30 days. Younger writers can set their own goals as part of the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. You can write by hand on paper […]

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Pizza! Pizza!

Slice of pizza

Pizza is a great food any time of year, but especially during October when we celebrate National Pizza Month. Hold the Anchovies!: Find out more about what goes into making pizza whether you like anchovies on top or not. Cool Pizza to Make & Bake: This book, from one of my favorite cooking series Cool Cooking, […]

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Get Ready for Bookamania!

A homemade found object puppet

Bookamania, a fun-filled celebration of books for the whole family held at the Harold Washington Library Center, is less than a month away! Get ready for the big day by reading the books created by our special guests that will be joining us on this extraordinary day. Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton, are the author […]

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Bullying Can End with You

Stop bullying sign

Does bullying happen in your school? How can you stop bullying in your school or community? National Bullying Prevention Month was created to bring people together to talk about bullying and how to stop it. Unite against bullying by wearing orange this month and by starting a discussion in your school about bullying. There are always two […]

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Remember Me: Day of the Dead/Recuérdame: Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos banner

Árboles (trees) ablaze with autumn colors, orange calabazas (pumpkins) carved with funny faces and falling temperatures just right for warm suéteres (sweaters) greet the annual celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On November 2, families in México and Latin America, as well as Latinos in the United States, honor loved ones who've died with […]

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Scary Reads – for Me and the Middle School Crowd

Dragon shadow puppet in the forest

Calling all 'fraidy cats!  I know it's October, traditionally the time when people cuddle up under warm blankets to watch scary movies, read scary books and dress up in scary costumes. If you scare easily, like me, then you know it can also be an unnerving time. Just thinking about some of those gory movies […]

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